Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken): A few simple pantry staples to make tender, juicy chicken glazed with deliciously sweet Honey Garlic Sauce. Great family recipe for busy nights!#instantpot #pressurecooker #chicken #chickenrecipes #recipes

Make Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken) using a few pantry staples. Tender, juicy chicken glazed with deliciously sweet-savory Honey Garlic Sauce. Great family recipe for busy nights!

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Ever since our big move, we’ve been on a roll developing some Easy Instant Pot Chicken Recipes: such as our beloved Instant Pot Lemon Chicken inspired by my dad’s restaurant and our Juicy & Tender Instant Pot Whole Chicken using our Game-Changing Technique.

They were lifesavers during survival mode.

Super Easy . Deliciously Healthy . Simple Ingredients

And we’ve been overwhelmed with rave reviews & love for these Easy Chicken Recipes. Thank you~

So we’re excited to share another Deliciously Easy Instant Pot Chicken Recipe with you – Honey Garlic Chicken! 

Tender & juicy chicken drenched in delicious honey aroma and deeply sweet & savory garlic sauce. Yum!!

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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken): A few simple pantry staples to make tender, juicy chicken glazed with deliciously sweet Honey Garlic Sauce. Great family recipe for busy nights!#instantpot #pressurecooker #chicken #chickenrecipes #recipes

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken

Make Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken) using a few pantry staples. Tender, juicy chicken glazed with deliciously sweet Honey Garlic Sauce. Great family recipe for busy nights!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 563kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 4 - 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (we used 6 thighs, 1kg or 2 ¼lb)
  • 6 (27g) garlic cloves , crushed
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) light soy sauce
  • cup (167ml) unsalted chicken stock
  • 1.5 tablespoon (22.5ml) white vinegar
  • cup (113g) honey
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Pot in Pot Rice:

  • 1 cup (230ml) Jasmine rice
  • 1 cup (250ml) cold water

Thickener:

  • 2.5 tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water

Garnish:

  • Flat- leaf parsley , finely chopped

Instructions

  • Marinate Chicken Thighs: Place 4 - 8 chicken thighs in Instant Pot in a single layer. Add in 6 (27g) crushed garlic cloves, 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter, 1.5 tbsp (22.5ml) white vinegar, and 2 tbsp (30ml) light soy sauce. Give it a quick mix and marinate for 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Pressure Cook Chicken & Rice: Add ⅔ cup (167ml) unsalted chicken stock to the chicken thighs and season with black pepper.
    In a stainless steel bowl, add in 1 cup (230ml) Jasmine rice and 1 cup (250ml) cold water. Place a stainless steel rack on top of the chicken and layer the stainless steel bowl on top.
    Close lid, then Pressure Cook High Pressure for 6 minutes, then Natural Release for 10 minutes
  • Make Honey Garlic Sauce: Set aside the chicken and rice. Bring the liquid mixture back to a boil using the Saute button. Mix in ⅓ cup (113g) honey to make the yummy Honey Garlic Sauce.
  • Thicken & Season: Mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch and 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water together in a small mixing bowl.
    Add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the honey garlic sauce until desired thickness.
    Taste and season with more salt (for reference, we added 2 more pinches) and black pepper if necessary.
  • Optional Step - Broil in Oven: In an oven tray, generously coat the chicken with Honey Garlic Sauce. Place oven tray under the broiler for 5 - 7 minutes until chicken skins are browned.
  • Serve Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken: Garnish with finely chopped flat-leaf parsley. Drizzle with more yummy Honey Garlic Sauce, then serve.
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Nutrition:

Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 685mg | Potassium: 539mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat
Cuisine: American, Asian, Chinese
Keyword: chicken recipes, honey garlic chicken, instant pot, instant pot chicken, instant pot chicken and rice, instant pot recipes
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Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

Prepare Ingredients for Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken.

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1

Marinate Chicken Thighs


Place 4 – 8 chicken thighs in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

*Pro Tip: Try to fit them in a single layer.

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Add 6 (27g) crushed garlic cloves, 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter, 1.5 tbsp (22.5ml) white vinegar, and 2 tbsp (30ml) light soy sauce to the chicken and give it a quick mix.

Let the chicken marinate for 10 – 15 minutes.

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2

Pressure Cook Chicken & Rice


Add 2/3 cup (167ml) unsalted chicken stock and season with black pepper.

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In a stainless steel bowl, add in 1 cup (230ml) Jasmine rice and 1 cup (250ml) cold water.

Place a stainless steel trivet/rack on top of the chicken and layer the stainless steel bowl on top (as shown in below photo).

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Close lid, then Pressure Cook:

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 6 minutes, then Natural Release for 10 minutes

After 10 minutes, release remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position.

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When Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.

3

Make Honey Garlic Sauce


Set aside the chicken and rice. Bring the liquid mixture back to a boil using the Saute button.

Mix in 1/3 cup (113g) honey to make the yummy Honey Garlic Sauce!

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4

Thicken & Seasoning


Mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch and 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water together in a small mixing bowl.

Add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the honey garlic sauce until desired thickness.

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Taste and season with more salt (for reference, we added 2 more pinches) and black pepper if necessary.

5

Optional Step: Broil in Oven


The Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken is ready to serve. You can serve it or make the dish more yummy with slightly crisped skin (broil the chicken in the oven).

In an oven tray, generously coat the chicken with Honey Garlic Sauce.

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Place oven tray under the broiler for 5 – 7 minutes until chicken skins are browned.

6

Serve Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken


Garnish with finely chopped flat-leaf parsley.

Drizzle with more Honey Garlic Sauce for the extra boost of yummy sauce, then serve immediately with rice and other side dishes.

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  1. Love this recipe! Super easy and freezes well. I make it on the weekend and freeze it for when I don’t have time to cook during the week. I love all Amy and Jacky recipes I’ve tried. I love that they include the amount of ingredients in the step by step instructions with pictures! You don’t have to keep scrolling back and forth between the steps and ingredients list. I serve over rice and my husband loves it!

    1. Hi Elissa,

      So happy to hear from you again 🙂 Hope you are doing well!

      Thank you once again for your love and support. It means so much to us <3

      Please take care
      Jacky

  2. This recipe came out great! I didn’t make the rice with it but the chicken was fabulous! Love how simple your recipes are since I’m still pretty new to ip. I love your recipes! Thanks for all you do!

  3. Do I have to adjust the time if I want to cook more chicken thighs for my hungry family? Can I also make this recipe with brown rice?

    1. Hi Selina,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      You can cook more chicken thighs with no adjustment to the cooking time.

      As for brown rice, it will take roughly 22 minutes and will overcook the chicken a bit if you don’t mind.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  4. Awesome recipe.
    I do believe you should edit the written section. It makes it sound as if we are supposed to add the chicken broth to the rice.
    Otherwise, this tasted amazing!

  5. Super easy recipe – it’s cooking now. Wished I’d looked at the tutorial instead of recipe as I poured the broth into the rice and had to dump it and start over. Can’t wait till it’s done.

    1. Hi Betty

      thank you for your question 🙂

      We bought it at Daiso and you can probably find them in local Asian supermarkets as the pot-in-pot method is quite popular in Asia.
      Any food grade (304 or 316 or 18/8 18/10) stainless steel bowl that fits into the IP (less than 7.5” in diameter) will work.

      They are also called Tiffin in Indian markets.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  6. We just finished eating this for dinner. Another fantastic recipe! Thank you so much for your website and all your yummy recipes.
    I used chicken tenders that I had, and shortened the cooking time by 1 minute. They were submerged in the sauce, so they turned out very tender and juicy. I cut them up into bite size chunks and added them back to the sauce after I thickened the sauce.
    I feel like I’m getting to know and understand using my IP better after making your recipes. I made your short ribs last night and they were perfect too!
    Keep on perfecting recipes for the IP! I’m loving them, and your reviews show that others are too!

    1. Hi Jeannette,

      Late Reply! (We were on a trip to Asia) Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe 🙂

      Have fun cooking & please take care
      Jacky

  7. Seriously the best thing I’ve cooked in my instant pot EVER. Even my sensory issue 4 year old ate the rice with sauce!!! I am IN LOVE WITH THIS RECIPE!!! So glad I found this site!

    1. Hi Tiffany,

      Late Reply! (We were on a trip to Asia) Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe 🙂

      Happy to hear your 4 year old enjoyed it as well!!

      Have fun cooking & please take care
      Jacky

  8. I received my IP for Christmas and I have only tried your recipes with amazing success. This honey garlic chicken was awesome! Now on to the next recipe.

    1. Hi Michel,

      So happy to hear from you! Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe!

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  9. I liked doing the rice PIP. Sauce is super yummy. In step 2, it could be more clear that the chicken broth goes in with the chicken, not in with the rice. I want to try doing rice in liner and chicke PIP!

    Thanks for all the easy, great recipes!

  10. Loved this, it is a keeper. I didn’t have the rice but seamed green beans and carrots wrapped in aluminum foil. I have ordered the steamer basket but this worked for now. Also I use the 3 Qt and it was easily adapted

    1. Hi Melissa.

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Boneless skinless chicken thighs will work! They will take 5 minutes and 10 minutes natural release.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  11. I want to try this recipe. It says to do the natural release (about 10 mins), but if the float valve is still up, should I wait for it to go down or should I quick release after doing 10 mins of natural release?

    1. Hi Michelle,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      You can release the pressure after doing 10 minutes of natural release.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  12. Hello!!
    I tried this recipe yesterday. The chicken, to me didn’t have much flavor w/o the sauce. And the thighs weren’t quite done. The rice had soaked all the water but was still crunchy.

    I followed your instructions to the letter. What did I do wrong? I see a lot of success here on the recipe.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Loyd,

      Sorry to hear what happened and thank you for your question.

      The chicken, to me didn’t have much flavor w/o the sauce.
      Was low sodium soy sauce used? Light soy sauce is not low sodium soy sauce.

      And the thighs weren’t quite done. The rice had soaked all the water but was still crunchy.
      It sounds like the Instant Pot did not get up to pressure properly. Was the venting knob on sealing position before you close the lid?
      That will prematurely seal the Instant Pot and the cold air will be trapped inside.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  13. Thank you for this quick and tasty recipe! I had all the ingredients on hand, so it was easy to put together. Just for our family’s taste, I added extra garlic and soy sauce. When the chicken was done, I put it in the air fryer to crisp up the skin. My family enjoyed it and we have leftover sauce to drizzle on rice or veggies for another meal.

  14. I am a little confused. Do you leave the marinade in the pot and add the other or take marinade out and just cook with stock s&p.
    Love your joy if cooking.

    1. Hi Sandy,

      Sorry for the confusion and thank you for your question 🙂

      Yes, leave the marinade in the pot and add in the other ingredients.

      Take care & see you around
      Jacky

  15. I just got my IP over the weekend and haven’t used it yet. So excited that I found your site. I was wondering if you can add vegetables to the chicken? Such as broccoli or carrots. Or would you cook them separately?

    1. Welcome to our site Jennifer!

      Congrats on your new Instant Pot. Thank you for your question and kind words 🙂

      Carrots will work if they are cut into big chunks. Broccoli is quite delicate and will be overcooked if cooked together.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  16. Great recipe hands down! I would like to try this but with drumsticks would the cooking time be the same? Please advise. Thank you so much for all your recipes!!!
    – Tiffany

    1. Hi Stephanie,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      We used a 7.5″ x 3″ stainless steel bowl.

      We bought it at Daiso and you can probably find them in local Asian supermarkets as the pot-in-pot method is quite popular in Asia.
      Any food grade (304 or 316 or 18/8 18/10) stainless steel bowl that fits into the IP (less than 7.5” in diameter) will work.

      They are also called Tiffin in Indian markets.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  17. I made this tonight and it was amazing! I am new to the instant pot and I am loving your recipes. I’ve also made your Tuscan chicken and meatloaf and they are also keepers. I find a lot of recipes online, but this is the first time I have commented on one. I just want to say thank you!

  18. Is it possible to sear the chicken skin first in the IP before cooking on high pressure, to achieve the browning of skin effect so that I can skip the broiling in oven?

    1. Hi Lee,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Pressure cooking will soften the skin so the thighs will not have the crispy skins.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  19. Dear Amy and Jacky,
    Can I scale up the recipe to feed, say 7-8 people (I’m guessing 12-14 chicken thighs)? Would the cooking time be the same?
    Thanks,
    Wiwaxia

    1. Hi Patricia,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      It is best to cook them separately as brown jasmine rice will take roughly 20 – 22 minutes with the pot in pot method.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  20. Hi Amy + Jacky,
    I have made a few of your recipes. They are yummy! And I love your methodological approach.
    I’m planning to make several of your recipes all at once (lemon chicken, honey garlic chicken, pork chop with HK tomato sauce, pork chop with HK onion sauce, pulled pork, charsiu, umami pot roast), doubling the recipes and freeze them in 4-people serving size, so as to stock up my freezer. My questions:
    1. What is the best way to reheat the frozen meals in the Instant Pot?
    2. Some recipes call for browning the meat and some don’t. Can I skip the browning step? How will that affect the cooking time?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Rita

    1. Hi Rita,

      So happy to hear from you again 🙂 Hope you have been doing well!

      1) Best way to reheat frozen meals in the Instant Pot is the Pot in Pot method. Depending the thickness, you can pressure cook the frozen meals for roughly 5 minutes and let it natural release for 10.

      2) In our recipes, the browning step is used to enhance the flavor of the overall dish. You can skip the browning step without affecting the cooking time.

      Thank you so much for your kind words and being so supportive.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  21. Hi! I just made this recipe for the first time and unfortunately the meat turned out very dry and hard. Maybe this is a meat’s fault?

  22. I’m just curious – if only the chicken is being cooked (no PIP rice) the cooking time is the same, right? Thanks!

  23. So simple! I minced the garlic to give it more garlic flavor. But I find the honey flavor is a bit strong. I used a darker colored honey this time, but may try using a lighter colored honey next time. What honey do you use in your recipe?

    1. Hi Elie,

      thank you for your kind review 🙂

      Yes, a lighter honey will have less honey flavor. We used a lighter colored honey (Yellow Orange-ish)

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  24. This sounds amazing and I’d like to try it tonight. Can I use a glass bowl for the PIP rice? The recipe says stainless, but I only have a glass bowl to fit into my IP. Thanks!

    1. Hi Cece,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      If the glass bowl is oven safe, it will work just fine.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  25. Hi,
    Is it possible to cook instant rice in IP? If so, how long without ruining? I assume instant rice would have to be cooked separately from chicken, not PIP – ? Thx!

    1. Hi Holly,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      In theory, you can cook the instant rice together with the chicken. Instant rice is precooked so it will be faster to rehydrate/heat up on the stovetop.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Dianna,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      If the chicken is at least submerged in the cooking liquid, the cooking time should be the same. I would add an extra minute just to be safe.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  26. This sounds delicious. I also think it would be great with the chicken cut into pieces and adding stir fry vegetable to the recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

  27. This is a keeper. It sounds delicious and fast. I smoked 3 chicken breast today along with a 7.4 lb pork butt roast. Didn’t have time for the roast to finish cooking before dark & our neighborhood has dogs running loose at night so, it’s well smoked already and now in the slow cooker for the rest of the night. Tomorrow, I will be shredding all the meats and vacumn sealing them. My house smells like pork on a hickory stoked fire. Smells good.
    And, I have a friend who called and told me to come pick corn to can. Also fresh turnips and zucchini. Going to be a busy week in the kitchen. 🙂

    1. Hi Cammy 🙂

      Thank you so much for your kind words and support once again.

      Sounds like it will be so much fun. Have a great time cooking this week!

      Let us know how it goes!

      Take care
      Jacky

  28. Hi Amy and Jacky

    I noticed with the PIP for jasmine rice, you cook the chicken and rice for 6mins.

    When cooking jasmine rice alone, it is 3 mins.

    Will the rice be too soft if cook for 6mins in PIP?

    I have also noticed some other recipes have the jasmine rice cooked in PIP for 8 mins.

    Your advice is much appreciated.

    Ivy

    1. Hi Ivy,

      So happy to hear from you again 🙂 Hope all is well for you!

      We have done a few experiments on this and found out rice will retain it’s texture up until ~30 minutes of high pressure cooking.

      Take care & have a great weekend
      Jacky

    1. Hi Sissy,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Chicken breasts will work okay for this recipe. I would recommend reducing the cooking time by 1 minute.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

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